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Hughes Marino Ranked on Inaugural Top Company Cultures List Presented by Entrepreneur and CultureIQ

Hughes Marino was recently ranked on Entrepreneur’s Top Company Cultures list, a comprehensive ranking of U.S.-based businesses exhibiting high-performance cultures created in partnership with culture management software and service provider CultureIQ®. The Top Company Cultures list has ranked Hughes Marino as #2 in the nation in the Small Company category. Hughes Marino is recognized for creating an exceptional culture that drives employee engagement, exceeds employee expectations and directly impacts company success.


“I am honored and actually amazed by this result, which is a testament to the incredible Hughes Marino team, and the intentional effort we have made over the years to nurture our very special company culture. Our emphasis on fun, family, and building strong relationships comes straight from our core values, which are the root of our success as a company,” says Shay Hughes, Hughes Marino COO and co-owner.

According to Ray Hennessey, editorial director of Entrepreneur.com, “Creating an entrepreneurial culture is a key priority for business leaders, yet no one until now has really assessed the role culture plays in success. This ranking celebrates the dedication that all teams, from entry-level to the C-suite, have in ensuring they are creating vibrant, healthy and sustainable work environments. That’s good for employees, investors and customers.”

The full list, presenting a total of 75 companies categorized as small, medium-sized or large companies—25-49 employees, 50-99 employees and more than 100 employees— is available on Entrepreneur.com. Core insights, behaviors and attributes that have helped to shape the high-performing cultures presented by the top companies are shared alongside practices to help other companies work on their own workplace environments.

“There is always an opportunity to learn from each other when running and growing a business, which is why we are excited to honor these companies and share their success in building an effective culture,” says CultureIQ founder and CEO Greg Besner. “I find it particularly inspiring to see a wide variety of companies represented in the list, confirming that you can have a strong culture regardless of industry, size, or business maturity.”

The rankings for all companies were determined using CultureIQ’s methodology for measuring high-performance cultures. Employees at each company received a survey of 21 short, multiple-choice questions. The answers were used to assess a company’s strength across 10 core qualities of culture – performance focus, support and innovation, to name a few. These quality strength scores were combined with the employee Net Promoter Score to create a cumulative CultureIQ Score. The companies with the highest CultureIQ Scores became the Top Company Culture list in ranking order. To be considered for the ranking, a company must have at least 25 employees, have been founded before Jan. 1, 2014 and be headquartered in the U.S.

To view Hughes Marino in the full ranking, visit entrepreneur.com/TopCultures.

About Hughes Marino

Hughes Marino is an award-winning California commercial real estate company that exclusively represents business owners and corporate real estate decision makers. The company only represents tenants and buyers – never landlords – which eliminates potential conflicts of interest that other real estate firms have. In addition to tenant and buyer representation, the firm offers in-house construction management, lease audit services, and lease administration specialists who support their tenant representation team. The firm has offices in San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Silicon Valley.

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